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Strategy For You: Building a Bridge to the Life You Want Hardcover – January 24, 2012
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Rich and his work have appeared on ABC, CBS, CNBC, CNN, NBC and FOX TV. He is recognized in the textbook Strategy in the 21st Century as one of the key contributors in the history of strategic management for his thought leadership in the field of strategic thinking. A highly sought-after keynote speaker, Rich has spoken to leaders at world-class companies including Google, Intel and FedEx and has been ranked the #1 speaker on strategy & innovation at national conferences.
Rich is the author of six books, including, Elevate: The Three Disciplines of Advanced Strategic Thinking, which a leader at Intel proclaimed: "If you only read one book on strategy, this has to be that book!" His book, Deep Dive: The Proven Method for Building Strategy, has been described by the Director of Worldwide Operations for McDonalds as "...the most valuable book ever written on strategic thinking." And Strategy for You: Building a Bridge to the Life You Want, helps people apply the principles of business strategy to their overall life.
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Here are some specific ideas I really liked:
First, GOST with a Purpose and a Vision. I really like the simplicity of GOST. By far the simplest and easiest to understand explanation of goals, objectives, strategies and tactics I've ever read. If I had known that 15 years ago I could have saved a lot of groups endless time arguing about the difference between strategies and tactics. Also, I really like the idea that GOST has to be based on a purpose and a vision.
Second, I like the humorous, and usually self-deprecating humor, stories in the book (like the guy in Africa who wanted to marry Rich's wife, Anne).
Third, I like the way Rich defined his terms. For example, I really like the definition of a decision, which means to cut off. That was a perfect way to encourage people to get focused.
Fouth, I liked the Individual Survey. I think this tool at the beginning of the book helps the reader personalize the ideas in the book to the areas that mean the most to him or her.
All in all, I believe your investment of time in this book will be time well spent. I believe you will walk away with ideas you can use right away that will impact the future direction of your life.
I mention all this because, in an earlier book, Deep Dive, Rich Horvath makes brilliant use of extended metaphors for both ascension and descent. He provides a cohesive, comprehensive, and cost-effective program by which to prepare to achieve success at either great heights or great depths. More specifically, he explains the four types of strategic thinkers, the strategic thinking assessment, and the three disciplines of strategic thinking
Note: It is impossible to exaggerate the importance of an appropriate strategy. I presume to suggest that you think of a strategy as a "hammer" that drives "nails," or tactics. It guide and informs initiatives to achieve the given goal or objective. In his latest book, Howath again invokes an extended metaphor - bridge building - while suggesting that a sound strategy resembles a bridge in some respect as it enables people to make effective use of their resources - time, talent, and money - to achieve their goals. So, strategies can drive organizational as well as individual initiatives but they can also facilitate connections and eliminate barriers to those initiatives.Read more ›
Like many mid-career professionals, I had arrived at a place where my whole life was about my work. I spent more time at the office (or thinking about workplace projects) than I spent enjoying hobbies, family and sleep combined. I have been commended for my strategic thinking in the workplace (much of which I'd honed through lessons from Horwath!), and thought I had a strong plan in place for everything that matters. Within the first few pages of Horwath's book, however, I felt shaken to my core. I didn't have a plan for my mind, body, relationships or finances. How was it possible that the truly important things in my life have never made it into my "strategic plan?"
If you have even an inkling that the many dimensions of your life might be out of balance or that you're not moving swiftly toward the life you really want to live, you should read this book. It's not "self help" in a touchy-feely way - it's a challenge from one business person to the rest of us to use the strategic thinking and planning skills we have learned and perfected in our careers to start focusing on the other parts of our lives that matter. And, by the way, this book will make you sharper at work too.Read more ›
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My name is Jesús Alberto Lozada. I worked for BRINKS Venezuela as Strategic Planning Manager during several years and since 2009 I am a lecturer for the Andrés Bello... Read morePublished 16 months ago by Cliente de Amazon
This is one of those books that has the potential to change your life. I knew it was unusual when I didn't sit down and read it straight through, and after two months I still... Read morePublished on April 23, 2013 by O.S.
Author is able to stress parallel in busy and life for planning for success. Good tools to work with providing excellent ways to utilize them.Published on August 12, 2012 by J. Caruso
Rich Horwath applies MBA-minded strategic planning to your life plan. Methodically leads you along the path to finding your life purpose, defining your goals and objective, and... Read morePublished on June 27, 2012 by boogordoctor
Best book ever and well worth the investment - this one is a keeper for years and years to come. Rich Horwath is a worldclass strategy expert. Read morePublished on March 8, 2012 by JL
Rich does an outstanding job in applying concepts many of us are used to seeing in the business world, and applying them to your personal life situation. Read morePublished on March 2, 2012 by RDS
I truly enjoyed reading this book. This is the second book I have read by Rich Horwath. Rich has a fresh writing style that makes his books easy to read quickly with maximum... Read morePublished on February 8, 2012 by Nicholas Scott Bernard